UK High Street

Retail's a Cracking Industry

simon baldwin | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

We are on the eve of an historical vote in Scotland. Whether yes or no, the future of the country will be different. Many have spoken of the effects the vote will have on the economy .... on the energy sector, on manufacturing, on farming, on financial services. Most recently, on tourism.

How Important Is the High Street?

Naomi Kerbel | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK
Naomi Kerbel

It seems that vast variety isn't as enticing as it once was. Think of the number of times, you've stood staring at rows and rows of washing powder, an odd trance-like state sweeping over you as you try to remember what it was you were after in the first place.

Making the High Street Local Again

Michael Bruce | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

Wouldn't it be great to see a high street full of local shops, owned and operated by local people and offering a real interesting insight into their skills, dreams and ambitions? Wouldn't it be great for there to be less betting shops, estate agents and insurance brokers?

Why Responsibility Is the Emerging Competitive Edge

Mary Portas | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Responsibility is a mandatory for business - and it's about being mindful. Mindful of others feelings, experiences, ambitions and hopes. Mindful to avoid upsetting them. Mindful to make them happy. Mindful of the things that are important to them. Anyway, I was thinking about my own sense of responsibility (and hopefully integrity) in the context of my business interests and thought I'd explore some of the thinking behind the things I get up to and why I do them.

'No-Mates Rates' - Will BIS' Proposals Kickstart Radical Reform of the Business Rates System?

Darina Kerr | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK
Darina Kerr

Radical reform is needed and the BIS committee's review has much to recommend it. Now it's over to the Chancellor to show that the Coalition will support and implement reforms urgently.

Where Did All the Small Shops Go?

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Where did my local boutique go - y'know the ones who sold clothes and not just a label, the ones who understood body shape, trends and how to wear them? I didn't see any upon my last trip home.

Weekend Shopping: Sporty Spice

Sarah McGiven | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah McGiven

Sports luxe looks - the kind that embraces fine fabrics you definitely don't want to sweat in - have been around for a while now and this season is no exception. The appeal of gorgeous, wearable and, most phenomenally, genuinely comfortable clothing is just too much for this trend to die any time soon.

Am I Bothered? Why Customers Will Drive the High Street Revival

simon baldwin | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

All the talk over the last few years around the death of the High Street continues to bother me. It assumes one thing: that online is killing traditional retail and will be the final nail in the coffin. But as I have continued to ask, is that really the case?

Next Had A VERY Good Christmas

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Fashion chain Next joined the list of Christmas retail winners as it said sales over the festive season had been "significantly" better than expected....

Confessions of a Male Shopaholic

Furquan Akhtar | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Furquan Akhtar

My name is Furquan and I'm a shopaholic. Before you read any further. This is not a rom com. Isla Fisher did not run into my arms with my online order of the latest High Street fashions. Instead I'm sat alone surrounded by my sale purchases listening to a Spotify playlist that promises me that my mood will be lifted... any... moment... now.

Why Are Christmas Shoppers Deserting The High Street?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

British shoppers seem to have deserted the high street for their last-minute Christmas shopping as new research finds a record-breaking number are set...

'Every Little Helps' - Business Rates Boost For UK High Streets

Darina Kerr | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Darina Kerr

The internet is not the only challenge facing high street retailers. Along with rents and staff costs, one of the biggest costs to your average high street shop is business rates, a property tax to help local authorities pay for local services.

Blockbuster To Close With 1,200 Jobs Lost

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Blockbuster is set to end its DVD and games rentals from this weekend as its 153 remaining stores face the axe with the loss of more than 1,200 jobs. ...

Barratts Falls Into Administration For A THIRD Time

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Barratts Shoes, which employs 1,035 people in the UK and Ireland, has entered administration for the third time in four years. Directors at the Bra...

How Many City Centre Shops Are Closing Each DAY?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics

Town centre shops closed at a rate of 18 a day over the first half of the year, despite signs of improvement in the wider economy, research has shown....

An Alternative Perspective on the Future of the High Street

John Oswald | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
John Oswald

Small independents versus big chains; bricks and mortar versus online; Bill Grimsey v Mary Portas: the debate about the future of the high street is nothing if not divisive. But safeguarding the future health of our high streets means moving away from the confrontational approach so beloved of UK media to focus instead on partnerships.

Can the Demise of HMV Mark a New Age for the Indie?

Olly Hunter | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

The question still remains: even after the loss making fat has been cut from the HMV cash cow, what can HMV do to get people back in store and what does this mean for the resurgent indie record shop?

High Streets: Six Feet Under?

simon baldwin | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
simon baldwin

The government has given up on English High Streets. Despite all their show, sending Mary Portas out with the defibrillator to breathe life back into our ailing towns and cities, they now have the tape measures out and are dialling the undertakers.

National Retail Rescue - A Tonic for Our High Streets?

Darina Kerr | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK
Darina Kerr

Every time a retailer keels over, you wonder momentarily when you last shopped there. And often you can't remember even going into one of their stores, never mind buying something.

The High Street Has Reached Tipping Point - There's No Going Back

Bill Grimsey | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK
Bill Grimsey

Going to the high street will no longer be about just hitting the shops. It'll be about meeting new people, participating in new experiences, creating something and learning new things. We've lost a sense of vibrant local communities and local economies. It's time we rebuilt them.

Can Any of Us Really Abandon Tesco for the High Street?

Clive Kahn | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK
Clive Kahn

So why don't we spend money with our local independent retailers? Why do we insist on hitting Debenhams for our clothes, Sainsbury's for our food and B&Q for our homeware or furniture? We all know the dire situation that independent business owners face yet we do nothing. Does it come down to price? Yes, maybe it does in some cases, but I think there's more to it than that.

The Consequences of Not Buying Small

Claire Watt-Smith | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK
Claire Watt-Smith

When you run your own company you know and very much appreciate how difficult and tiring it is for others in the same position. Every lead matters. Every sale is valued. Every contact is treasured. I make a point of supporting fellow entrepreneurs.

Maplin To Sell UK High Street's First 3D Printer

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Tech

Maplin will become the first UK retailer to sell 3D printers on the High Street. The £700 Velleman K8200 device will allow users to 'replicate' di...

Nicole Farhi Is In Administration

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

Upmarket fashion retailer Nicole Farhi has gone into administration, it has been announced. Rising costs and the decline of Britain's high street t...

BIDs able to save Britain's High Streets?

simon baldwin | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK
simon baldwin

Research in Q1 of this year by DestinationCMS looked at a range of major shopping destinations in Britain. Over 90% have websites that do not function properly on a mobile (despite more than 50% of all online traffic being from hand-held devices). Not one has a comprehensive listing of their businesses' offers and promotions - and not one operates effective social media engagement seven days-a-week